Indians 7, Tigers 4

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DETROIT (AP)—Ben Broussard broke out of a slump at just the right time for the Cleveland Indians.

He hit a tiebreaking home run—his second of the game—in the eighth inning to lead the Indians to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

The rookie first baseman was in a 1-for-21 skid coming in.

“I think it was about a month since I hit one before today,” he said. “At least it seems like a month.”

Broussard, who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth, had three RBIs, and Travis Hafner hit a solo shot and tripled for the Indians. Jody Gerut was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, giving him 25 RBIs in 15 games against Detroit.

“I don’t think we’ve done a very good job of pitching to him,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “I just looked at the numbers. I would think that our guys would take notice of that and be a little more careful, but we seem to be throwing fastballs out over the plate for him and he seems to crush.”

The loss was the 102nd for the Tigers, who are trying to avoid breaking the 1962 New York Mets’ modern record of 120 losses.

Jose Santiago (1-1) pitched 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief for the win. David Riske got three outs for his fifth save in 10 chances.

With the score tied 4-4, Broussard hit a high fly down the right-field line off Jamie Walker (3-3) that barely cleared the fence.

“I knew I hit it on a good part of the bat and it was kind of high,” Broussard said. “But I don’t really hit a lot of home runs down the line, I’m more of a gap guy.”

Walker talked about the pitch.

“I just made a bad pitch, caught too much of the plate, a little too high,” he said. “In that situation, that’s the last thing you want to do. But I was trying to get ahead 0-1, I just didn’t make the pitch that I wanted.”

Gerut’s two-run double in the ninth made it 7-4.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the second when Hafner led off with a triple and came home on Josh Bard’s groundout to first.

The Indians had a chance to add to the lead when Brandon Phillips hit a two-out double, but he was tagged out at the plate after Coco Crisp’s single. Crisp’s grounder deflected off a both a diving Carlos Pena at first and Danny Klassen at second. Klassen picked up the ball and threw to catcher Brandon Inge and Phillips was caught halfway between third and home. He was then tagged out by pitcher Chris Mears at the plate after a rundown.

The Indians made it 3-0 in the third on Broussard’s first homer—a two-run shot.

Detroit got four in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead on Inge’s two-run homer, and Klassen’s two-run double off of Cleveland starter Jason Stanford.

“Just got the ball up a little bit and couldn’t get it back down,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Stanford.

Hafner’s solo homer with two outs in the sixth tied it at 4.


It was Broussard’s second multihomer game of his career, and the season … Detroit’s Carlos Pena is in an 0-for-16 slump. … Cleveland is 6-1 at Detroit’s Comerica Park this season. … The Indians activated right-hander Jason Boyd from the disabled list. He had biceps tendinitis in his right shoulder. … The Tigers activated catcher A.J. Hinch from the disabled list and recalled him from a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Toledo. He had aleft groin strain.

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